Your body’s immune system is responsible for helping to fight off infections and bacteria. You would be surprised just how big a part your mouth and oral health plays in promoting and maintaining a healthy immune system. If you are wondering if you might have gum disease, or think you are displaying the early warning signs, below are five such warnings and what you can do about it.
Inflammation of the gums is one of the earliest warning signs of the onset of gum disease and one of your immune system’s first defensive reactions. It is your immune system attempting to isolate the bacteria and prevent it from spreading to other parts of your body.
Periodontal health is often genetic. Periodontists often see family members displaying the same dispositions to certain periodontal issues, which get passed down from generation to generation. You can actually undergo genetic testing to determine if you, or anyone in your family, runs the risk of developing certain periodontal health issues, and then act accordingly.
This is typically the first sign of gum disease and is indicated by red, swollen gums at the base of the tooth which bleed easily when brushing or flossing. The best way to attack gingivitis is to ensure that you are getting at all of the plaque on your teeth. You can speak to your dentist about more effective brushing and flossing methods and ensure that you are brushing and flossing the right number of times per day.
If you are consistently experiencing bad breath, or have a bad taste in your mouth, that could also be a sign of gum disease. Bad breath and bad taste could also be a sign that you are not brushing or flossing your teeth properly. Make sure you and your dentist speak about healthy brushing and flossing regimens.
As gum disease progresses, you might actually begin to experience gum loss and exposure of the root. It can make eating and drinking painful and uncomfortable. It may be a sign of a severely damaged root and it is something that you need to speak to your periodontist about so that it can be counteracted.
Your oral and periodontal health is incredibly important. It dictates, in ways that are often not immediately visible, the healthy functioning of many systems in your body. Keep in mind the above five considerations about gum disease and speak to your dentist about what you can do to ensure your gums are well taken care of.